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Премия рунета 2017

Gifts of the taiga

Cedar — tree of life

Realizing the importance of forests for the economy of the Far East, WWF together with partners demonstrates the potential of developing non-timber forest resources as an alternative to logging. On sites leased for these purposes, the use of rapidly renewed taiga resources is replacing logging, which is why this lease type is informally called environmental protection.

© WWF Russia
© WWF Russia
© WWF Russia
WWF gives Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR) cedar nuts from the Primorsky walnut farming zone © Evgeniy Leshekin
© Gennady Alexandrov
© WWF Russia
Cedar © Dmitry Sichikov
© Oleg Kabalik

Since 2007, with the support of WWF, about 664 thousand hectares of valuable forests of the Primorsky and Khabarovsk Krai: Bikinsky, Eastern, Melnichnaya, Koksharovskaya, Avanska, Gasinskaya and Bolonskaya walnut farming zones (WFZ), have been leased for 49 years for harvesting food forest resources and collection of medicinal plants. Herein, in the territory of best untouched cedar forests tenants have appeared who were vitally interested in preserving «feeding trees» and the forest environment and getting maximum benefit not from logging but from development of non-timber resources. This management strategy not only ensures the income of tenants and the local population, but also preserves forests and their wealth for future generations.